All women are beautiful. However, modern science has developed several cosmetic dermatology procedures to correct flaws, minimize scarring from acne, firm up drooping skin, and enhance what nature already provided. No longer the privilege of movie stars and the ultra-wealthy, there are so many cosmetic dermatology now available to both women and men of all ages. Though often not covered by insurance, most patients find the money well spent. After these procedures, their self-worth and outlook on life greatly improves.
FOUR TOP COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY PROCEDURES
Here are four top cosmetic dermatology procedures performed in the United States today.
- Chemical Peels – There are usually done in the office without any sedation or anesthesia because they usually have only temporary discomfort. A full face chemical only take minutes in most cases. Basically, a mild to moderate strength acid solution is applied to peel off the top layers of skin and reduce uneven skin tone, discoloration, and possibly fine lines and textural abnormalities. Over the next couple days to a week, new, younger, healthier skin emerges. There are numerous different chemical peels available. Your cosmetic dermatologist can explain which of these is best for your intended goal.
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharopasty) – As we age, our upper or lower eyelid skin may lose its elasticity and firmness. The eyelid skin areas may begins and can possibly make you look and feel older than you really are. Many men and women are choosing to have eyelid surgery performed by a cosmetic dermatology specialist or plastic surgeon. This procedure is usually done as an outpatient and can be done in the office or a surgical center. For the upper eyelids, a tiny incision is made in the upper eyelid fold, the excess skin is removed, and the scar is hidden in the upper eyelid crease. For the lower eyelids, and experienced surgeon my have different methods of reducing the sagging appearance including external or internal surgical incisions, removal of the lower eyelid fat pads, and even doing CO2 laser resurfacing after the surgery to minimize the scarring and tighten up the skin. Healing times from these procedures can range from 1-2 weeks. Expect quite a bit of bruising will occur, but after the bruising disappears, expect to love your new eyes.
- CO2 Laser – This procedure uses a laser to vaporize the first and second layers of the skin to result in a newer, more even skin tone, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, and overall tighter skin. This has also become the procedure of choice for acne scarring. This procedure can be painful, so some topical and injected anesthetic is necessary. A full face CO2 procedure make take up to 1-1.5 hours. Expect to be red, crusting, and scaling for about 1 week, but you can rest assured that most of the discomfort is usually in the first 1-2 days. We used to believe that one procedure might be all you need to get reach your goal of removing the signs of aging or diminishing acne scarring, but we have realized that usually 2-3 treatments are truly needed.
- Lip Augmentation – If you were not blessed with plump, full lips, now you can have them. With Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and even silicone, your cosmetic dermatologist will help you decide which of these different fillers will give you the results you desire.
Other Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures
Neck and chin liposuction is very popular to reduce the infamous “turkey neck” and “double chin”. A cannula is inserted under the skin to break up the fatty deposits and suction the fat. Bruising, soreness, and tightness can occur immediately after the procedure.
Tattoo removal has also become mainstream. Black or grey tattoos are most easily removed with laser while the colored tattoos tend to be more difficult. All tattoo removal require multiple treatment sessions, but the advent of new “pico” lasers have dramatically reduced the number of treatments needed by up to 66%. Each procedure takes minutes and topical +/- injected anesthesia may be desired.
Laser hair removal is probably the most common laser procedure performed, and may even rival Botox as the number one cosmetic procedure performed. All body areas can be treated, although the areas with thicker, darker hair will respond the best. Finer, lighter, or blonder hair is not generally a good candidate for laser hair removal, and may be better removed by other procedures such as electrolysis. Anywhere from 6 to 12 sessions, or more, may be needed to fully destroy all of the follicles and lead to permanent hair reduction.